evangelinux at matheteuo.org
Tue Jan 11 23:48:58 EST 2005
On Tue, 2005-01-11 at 23:01 -0500, Archbishop Abba Anthony wrote:
> Dear group,
> I have sat quietly by while listening to the discussion that has now taken a
> very disturbing turn. When I subscribed to this group I thought it would be a
> place for fellow Christians to speak about Linux and to help each other in
> developing a linux distribution geared towards Christians. Instead, it has
> become a flaming list for doctrinal sword throwing.
> Remember my Brothers and Sisters, the Bible is referred to as a sword for many
> reason, one of which is that it can be used to kill one spiritually. That I
> am afraid, is what has started here.
> I am not going to comment on which side I think is right or wrong. I think
> that both sides have very valid arguments. But I think both sides are wrong
> because of the ways they have expressed those arguments. We as CHRISTIANS
> must remember that even when Christ was lead away to be slaughtered for our
> SINS, he was silent, as a lamb before the slaughter.
> Sometimes we must be reminded that it takes two to argue. If you are all tired
> of the argument, then remain silent on the issue. This like many discussions
> is one that should be left alone due to the passions on both sides of the
> I pray that you will all remember the wisdom of scripture that says, "Whoever
> restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of
> understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he
> closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent." (Proverbs 17:27-28)
> I will now be silent to await my removal from the group.
> I remain, In His Service,
> Archbishop Abba Anthony
> Primate of the Coptic Orthodox Catholic Church
> Bishop of the National Orthodox Catholic Church
> Webmaster of both churches, running a Fedora Core 3 Server.
After reading some of the recent posts I see your concern. I appreciate
your input, and believe it would be hasty to request removal from the
list before seeing if anyone has grasped the lesson you have taught.
Even I have that much patience. I do agree that we should bear in mind
that despite our individual theological convictions, Christ is the glue
that binds us together. It might be a good idea to take a break from
Ultimately, we need to be patient with each other and respect each
others' views - sometimes that means simply agreeing to disagree. Mike
and I disagree with each other on the moral philosophy that underpins
free software. But we seem to have walked away still respecting each
other. I encourage the others to follow our example.
Mind you, I have also ignored much of this thread, which is certainly
the right of every subscriber. We can use something many e-mail clients
call "filters" to filter out threads we wish to ignore. Perhaps making
use of the tools with which God has blessed us would be of good use.
Perhaps this list should makes use of CS-FSLUG's strategy of requiring
"PD" (political discussion) & "TD" (theological discussion) at the
beginning of the subject heading. It seems to have helped keep many a
good Christian involved in that Christian Linux users' list. I'll leave
it to our moderator to ponder the suggestion.
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